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Born: Jul 31, 1959

Date of Passing: Jul 07, 2021

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1959 – 2021

Unexpectedly, on July 7, 2021, at the age of 61, Willie left this earth to be with his father Armand, mother Cecile, sister Angele, and brother Laurier (Bill).
He leaves to mourn his family: sister Louise and husband Stuart Wilson, Roger Fillion (brother-in-law), brother Philip and wife Joey (nee Bridges) Hamoline, sister Beatrice and husband Larry Johnston, his many nieces and nephews, along with great-nieces and nephews. Even though the list is long, Willie will be leaving a huge gap in our family link.
Willie was born July 31, 1959, at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg but lived in Lorette, Manitoba where the family had a farm. The family moved to St. Vital in 1964 when Willie was five years old. He started school at Varrennes, then completed his studies at Glenlawn Collegiate. While in high school Willie joined the Cadets. Once he completed grade 12 he got a job at MTS as a computer operator with the help of a very good friend, Vance (Vinny) McFadan. Willie then realized that working for someone else wasn't really working for him, so he joined his father Armand with his lawn care business. Willie eventually became the sole owner of this business, which also included snow removal; he called his business Crystal Lawn Care. His ambition grew again and he started another business called 'One Man Band' where he played many socials, weddings, and Christmas parties. He loved being around people, food, good music, and fireworks. He became so popular that he expanded his business by hiring others to work for him. Willie continued to live in St. Vital on Crystal Avenue where he was loved by all of his neighbours, and would often do their lawns and snow removal for free. His kindness to others was remarkable; always wanting to give rather than receive, always making sure everyone was ok.
Although Willie had no children of his own, he cared for many as if they were his, lavishing them with love, food, money, gifts, and good times. He loved and spoiled his nieces and nephews to the extreme. Some of their favourite memories with Uncle Willie always involved fun and lots of food. (KFC and Pizza being a favourite)
We knew little that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, it has broken our hearts to lose you. You leave us with many good memories, your love and kindness will be our guide and though we cannot see you now, you will always be at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

We love you so much more
than words can say.
Bye dear brother.

Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence online at

Desjardins Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Willie has being a lifelong friend of mine and his passing deeply sorrows me. There is not a day goes by I do not think of him. Camping, fishing, and going to our mutual friend's Don Sleeva's cabin always was special with Willie present. I have loved him dearly and will miss him greatly! Vinnie - Posted by: Vance "Vinnie" McFadyen (Best Friend) on: Oct 25, 2021

  • I did not know that Willie passed away...way too young! My heart goes out to his family, friends and all that had the pleasure of knowing him! He was always such a friendly kind hearted (boy) man. May he R.I.P. in the loving arms once again with his family that were waiting for him. He will be missed by many. Honour was mine to have grown up knowing you! Debra Dufault - Posted by: Debra Dyck(Dufault) (Friend) on: Aug 30, 2021

  • So sorry for the loss of Willie although it has been years, he was a great guy always. We hope all the memories keep you in your hearts will help you all in the healing. - Posted by: Lawrence and Nancy Gauthier (friend) on: Jul 30, 2021

  • Willie was a very special guy from the first time I met him in 1964 as a 5 year old! His generosity and kindness will be his legacy! God bless you and keep you in the palm of his hands🙏! You will be missed! Cousin George Moyen - Posted by: George Moyen (Cousin ) on: Jul 30, 2021

  • I am so sorry to hear of Willie's passing. I had known Willie since his days of playing music for Norberry Community Clubs Pre Teen Dances. He played music for our functions at the St. Boniface Golf Club and at my niece's wedding. He was also our family's "lawn man" and always had fun teasing my Mom about senior prices. We lost touch for the last few years and I am so sorry we did. Willie was such a gentleman and I know he will be so missed. Gone way too soon. RIP Willie - Posted by: Barb Bright (Long time Friend) on: Jul 29, 2021

  • Willie we will miss you, you were my favourite of Danny’s childhood friends you were always so Pleasant and kind and lol made us laugh. We loved that you played the music at our social and insisted on doing the wedding even though we wanted you to relax and just be a guest, we know you loved your music and can still see you up there singing and moving to the music. We are so sorry for your family’s loss Rest In Peace. Until we meet again. Elaine and Danny - Posted by: Elaine and Danny Daoust (Friends) on: Jul 26, 2021

  • I grew up on Crystal, worked for Willie and his dad, both landscaping and worked as a dj for him, many fond memories. He was very kind and giving. I will miss his great laugh and smile - Posted by: James ROSS (Friend) on: Jul 26, 2021

  • My condolences go to you Louise, Philip and Beatrice and families. I was so shocked to see Willie had passed on. It took me back when we were little at the farm my buddy!! We hung out in our teen yrs, we had fun!! He was always so pleasant, kind, goodhearted and his beautiful smile was. To young to leave but he's with his Mom & Dad @ peace. - Posted by: Jocelyne Dugas Sullivan (old friend) on: Jul 26, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of Willie's passing. I remember when we were little @ the farm playing outside and picking stuff out of the garden. We also hung out together at times when he moved to St-Vital. He was always so caring and loving. I'll never forget that beautiful smile and and his love for music. - Posted by: Jocelyne Dugas Sullivan (Friend ) on: Jul 25, 2021

  • Your kind heart and gentle humor will always be remembered. You were one in a million. Heaven will be a little brighter - shine on! Until we meet again. - Posted by: Betty, Roisin & Tom Harrison (Friends) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • Knew Willie from the neighbourhood and a customer at the Coop. Was always pleasant and always a joy to serve. Many time be walking on Crystal and Willie was up for a chat. Sympathy to his family he will be missed. - Posted by: David Morrison (Neighbour ) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • Our most sincere sympathies to all of your family, at this very sad time. Willie had a very outgoing personality - could talk to anyone & always willing to go the extra mile. He will be missed by many. - Posted by: Lorne & Marilyn Johnston (In-laws to Beatrice) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • Our Sympathies to all of the family that will miss him. Too young to go we think, but better things to come to those who are faithful. We wish you the best. Willie always brought us watermelons and treats for the dog when he came out to Rosenort. Sometimes we couldn't find good watermelon but Willie could. - Posted by: David Hiebert (Customer & Friend) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • You left us without warning, Not even a goodbye, And I can’t seem to stop asking why? I didn’t see this coming, It hit us by surprise, and when you left for heaven a small part of me died. Your smile could brighten anyone’s day. No matter what they were going through. I am going to miss your morning text, just to see how I was doing. And everyday for the rest of my life I‘ll be missing you. Love you so much my dear brother, and one day we will be together again. - Posted by: Beatrice Johnston (Sister) on: Jul 24, 2021

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